Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Faces in The Garden

On one side of the pergola is a concrete birdbath with some plantings beneath. And because I like to have balance in my life, on the other side of the pergola is a sundial.

Which you can barely see in the picture -- it's to the left of the table. I saw it early on at Red Cedar Gardens this year and fell in love with it but it came with a hefty price tag and so . . . with the money I earned from teaching cooking classes I was able to squirrel away enough to buy it -- and home it came -- just before we left for England!!!

It's cement and it's heavy -- it's a triangle and even though this part of the garden is more shady than sunny -- it goes well here, methinks.

It counts none but the sunny hours! It has a great "face" and when we set it in place and I put the rod in to count those hours -- it was perfect -- it needed no adjustment!!! So, now there is time to tell in Linderhof's garden!

It has three faces and I'm sure there must be a story to this design but I do not know what it is but the faces . . .

A young girl -- is she a goddess of the garden?

A prince, perhaps -- her prince charming?

And the old man -- a green man? Whom we found so often in English gardens?

And although it is in dappled shade most of the day, it still keeps good time!

It's Outdoor Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer so join her and see what other outdoor treasures there are this Wednesday!


My name is Riet said...

That sounds and looks really interesting. Nice to guess a bit.

Rose H (UK) said...

I think your sundial is so lovely Martha, and suits your garden beautifully. If only they could talk...
Best wishes
Rose H

Kathy Walker said...

I love the "faces" tour...I especially like the sundial.

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful statuary and I love the sundial, Martha!


Pondside said...

What a beautiful piece for the garden. I'm really drawn to those heavy and permanent fixtures - they are worth saving up for!

On Crooked Creek said...

Your garden is so lush and lovely! The sundial is mysteriously stunning!

defaziolinda said...

I love the sundial! The faces are very interesting - they'll keep lookout for your garden, bringing only good things! Blessings, Linda

Erica (Irene) said...

Love your "faces" tour....beautiful sundial. :-)))
I too have an assortment in my garden...with all those faces looking out at you.

Ben said...

Martha, that is lovely! What a great and interesting piece. I'm sure this will start many great conversations. And I love the carved faces.


Vintagesouthernlife said...

What a wonderful sundial! Your garden is so lovely!

Beth said...

Martha, I just love your blog! You write so much interesting content. You entertain frequently and I love seeing your tablescapes and menus. Beautiful garden too, Martha.
Hugs, Beth

Bob said...


Do you know the designer of the sundial or rather the company that makes it!!! Really cool design!

Nice Blog!!!